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Smoked Pigasus - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Smoked Pigasus is a robust and delicious porter brewed with rye, smoked malt, and maple syrup. The maple syrup provides a perfect balance for the smoked malt. Smoked Pigasus pours a deep mahogany with aromas of chocolate, smoke, and caramel. A big thank you to Pappy's Smokehouse!

(Beer added by: Vonerichs on 10-26-2012)
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IpeeA, Dec 03, 2012
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The Smoked Pigasus was a great porter from 4 Hands. This beer poured a rich opaque dark with slight ruby hue and had tan head that laced. The scent was chocolate, earth, roast and maybe a touch of smoke. The taste was well balanced and followed the scent with mostly roast and peat being present. The mouthfeel was full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a solid porter and I'd drink this again FO SHIZZ!

WoodBrew, Aug 12, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

pours dark black, not thick in any way, light creamy head. bits of lacing.

smoke up front, after a bit mostly light maple syrup and roasted malt, maybe some espresso.

very smoked forward. nice rye bite, but with a sweetness through out. the maple syrup is very faint. charred and burnt finish.

light feel but a moderate carbonation. fills it out a bit.

i was pleased, this was pretty fun and easy to drink. very forward but never overpoering or dull.

hooliganlife, Dec 02, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -16%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Transparent at the edges. Nice off white head. Decent surface retention.

Smell - Smokey and nicely chocolatey. Pretty much it but it's nice.

Taste - Less impressive. Much smokier. Less chocolatey, but still present. Bitter in the finish from the malt.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Highly carbonated. Disappointing.

Overall - Decent flavors, nice smokiness. The body doesn't sustain the flavors though.

Alieniloquium, Apr 16, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Dark brown body with a light mohagany hue around the edges. Short tan head with no lacing.

It had a great smokey scent coming from it, as to be expected. It had notes of both tabacco and wood charcoal lumps. There was a slight maple presence, too. Really good aromatics of a smoked beer.

If you like smoke flavor, you'll like this beer. The taste is heavy on the tobacco and bbq smoke with a light sweet finish. The smoke lingers for quite a while.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with good carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer and the smoke was done just right for my liking. The smoke has a strong presence but if you're into that, try this one.

Vonerichs, Oct 26, 2012
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Appearance: blackish brown light brown head, finger, minimal lace and retention.

Aroma: smoky and meaty, chocolate, light spiciness, hint of maple, roast, hint of wood.

Taste: toast, chocolate, roasted malts, smoked wood, grainy, minerals, earthy spice note.

***Body is a bit thin and carbonation has a bit of a prickly texture. Aside though, it does have some nice smoky and meaty qualities, and is an overall enjoyable smoked porter.

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Appearance - dark brown, nearly opaque, with a solid cinnamon colored head, typical of the style

Smell - very subdued. Mostly dark roasted malts and some maple sweetness from the syrup addition. I didn't get much smoke aroma at all, which is disappointing

Taste - initially I get some maple syrup, but that gives way to burnt flavors. The finish is extremely bitter from the charred malt.

Mouthfeel - full bodied. The intense, lingering bitterness is very unpleasant.

Overall - This beer was very disappointing. Very little smoke flavor and the bitter, charred malt was overwhelming.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pour yields a one-finger head of incongruent tan foam across the top of the body. A mix of big soap-like bubbles, fine, foamy microbubbles and some in-between. Retention isn't terribly great, and it recedes to leave a frothy mix of bubbles and pockmarks about a half finger thick, but more dense on the edges of the glass, like snowdrifts. Tan, beery snowdrifts. Lacing is slight, but observable. Beneath the foam sits a body of dark, dark brown bordering on black--like the bark of a walnut tree sitting deep within a heavily wooded forest.

Smell - Notes of baker's chocolate, cooked bacon and a hint of maple sweetness, but I don't know that the sweetness would have been recognizable as maple without having known that this beer has maple syrup added. Some more subtle notes of dulce de leche and caramel and a more generic smokiness--like the way your clothes smell long after standing around a campfire. Noticeable, but not the same overpowering aroma that you get from actually standing by the fire.

Taste - The smoke isn't quite as aggressive on the taste as it was on the smell. Which is not to say that it was at all aggressive in the aroma--just that it's more of a background element in the taste. More up front are bittersweet chocolate and cocoa nibs as well as a maple sweetness that is more overtly maple-y this time around. The rye comes through as well with some spicy kick to complement the other smoky-sweet--and even bitter--flavors. In addition to the dark chocolate notes, there are more generic roasted malt components, like you'd expect from a porter. Like slightly charred toast.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Finish is a faint blend of smoke, spice and sweet. There is a hint of that cloying type of feel at first, but it's far from overpowering--maybe viscous would be a better way of describing it.

Overall, this has to be one of the better smoked beers on the market. They manage to incorporate those bacon-like and smoking wood aromas, but pair them with sweeter notes like chocolate and maple syrup to create a wonderfully balanced smoked beer. Maybe not ideal for the true rauchbier aficionados, but for this layperson, it's just about ideal.

LambicPentameter, Jan 16, 2014
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Smoked Pigasus from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.